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3:49pm

Mon July 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

Panel Urges Lung Cancer Screening For Millions Of Americans

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:24 pm

Some images of lung cancer are clear cut. But in many others, a nodule on the screen turns out not to be cancer at all.
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A federal task force is planning to recommend that millions of smokers and former smokers get a CT scan annually to look for early signs of lung cancer.

The 16-member US Preventive Services Task Force gives that lung cancer screening test a grade of B, which puts it on the same level as mammography for women between the ages of 50 and 74.

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6:56am

Mon July 22, 2013
Health

Health Officials Worry As E-Cigarettes Enter Colorado

Lucas Smith, store manager at the e-cigarette store Rino Vapes in Denver restocks the display cases.
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The arrival of electronic cigarettes has raised a red flag for health officials and others who worry the activity of “vaping” nicotine will hook young people into a new addiction that could last a lifetime.

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11:44am

Fri July 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Tiny Rat Cocktail Parties Shed Light On Why Smokers Drink

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 9:30 am

If you were a lab rat, you might already be thinking that you want another drink.
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Scientists have spent the last five years serving up rodent-sized alcoholic drinks to hundreds of little black and white rats, after a nice hit of nicotine.

These miniature cocktail parties have provided a clearer view on why nicotine and alcohol are so often used, and abused, together.

"It's pretty well understood by most people that those who smoke are more likely to drink," John Dani, a professor of neuroscience at the Baylor College of Medicine, told Shots. "And these people are ten times more likely to abuse alcohol."

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8:22am

Tue July 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Costlier Insurance For Smokers May Not Come With Quitting Help

Smoking can raise your insurance rates, but that doesn't mean you'll get coverage for help with quitting.
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Most smokers want to quit. But how to nudge them in that direction is up for debate.

The health law allows new individual and small group health plans to charge smokers up to 50 percent higher premiums next year.

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5:47am

Wed July 10, 2013
Around the Nation

No Smoking Signs Are Usually Pretty Simple

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 6:03 am

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